Percussion Master Class with
Master Teacher Kelton Norris
Saturday June 5th at 10am PST on Zoom
WePlay Music is proud to present our Master Class Series, conducted by our Master Level teachers on the first Saturday of each month. Master Classes are an excellent way for students to explore new concepts provided by a highly qualified educator. It can also serve as reinforcement of ideas of a student's own choices or from their current teacher. In essence, master classes are reserved for students that have prepared their music to the full extent of their abilities and are looking for new methods of enhancing their performance to the next level.
About Kelton Norris
Originally from Raleigh, Mississippi, DC-based drummer and music educator Kelton Norris is known across the DC jazz scene for his fiery and collaborative playing. He received his Masters of Music in Jazz Performance from Northern Illinois University and his Bachelor's in Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. In addition to teaching at WePlay, Kelton is also an adjunct professor at Shepherd University. He is a teacher who bases his teachings on the history of music and instrumental technique, as well as the unique goals and aspirations of each individual student.
In addition to his passion for teaching, Kelton also maintains a full-time performance schedule along the east coast and deep south. In 2020, his jazz ensemble the EJB Quartet won first prize in DC Jazz Festival's Annual "DC Prix" competition. He has performed with such renowned artists and ensembles as Sharon Clark, Jose Andre Montano, Jessica Boykin-Settles, Hamiet Bluiett, Cyrus Chestnut, Vincent Gardner, Allyn Johnson, Afro-Blue, Levon Mikaelian, Rodney Whitaker, Warren Wolf, Thad Wilson, Cristian Perez, Herman Burney Jr., Ron Blake, Victor Provost, Elijah Jamal Balbed, Shannon Gunn, and many more. As a member of the EJB Quartet, in 2020 Kelton had the pleasure of competing in the D.C. Prix, an international jazz competition presented by the D.C. Jazz Festival. The group was awarded first place.